Join us in developing and applying new technologies and innovative methods to deepen understanding of biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology in human health and disease.

As a graduate of our program, you will be equipped with cutting-edge technology skills and depth of knowledge required to investigate emerging fundamental and disease-associated questions in biology. While a student in the Chemical, Physical & Structural Biology Graduate Program, you will have access to multidisciplinary training opportunities including biophysical and biochemical analysis of proteins, biochemistry, pharmacology, chemical synthesis, combinatorial chemistry, structural biology, and protein design and engineering. 

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Diverse Perspectives

Our most essential strength is our community of highly collaborative scientists focused on the success of our science and our students. Our program draws together faculty members with shared interests to provide a diversity of scientific perspectives. 

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Where Will Your Ph.D. Take You?

From day one we encourage you to think deeply about your career choices. Wherever your ambition leads, you will receive the support you need to follow a path well worn by our alumni who have built successful careers across diverse endeavors. 

CPSB Research News

E. coli shows the way to discover cell-made protein carcinogens

Baylor researchers discovered a new major class of cancer-promoting genes by showing that many normal proteins made by our cells can act like carcinogens, damaged DNA and causing mutations. Former graduate student and current postdoctoral associate at Baylor, Dr. Jun Xia was one of the two co-first authors on this study.

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The social amoeba’s surviving balancing act

Single-celled bodies of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum live in the soil voraciously feeding on bacteria. As this food source dwindles, the amoebas get stressed and respond by getting together, forming first a slug and then a fruiting body consisting of a ball of spores balanced atop a dead stalk. It’s been known for a number of years that the multicellular slug and the fruiting body stages of some, but not all, social amoeba carry bacteria. BCM researchers are investigating how some amoebas manage to maintain their own microbiome and, at the same time, keep an innate defense mechanism that should kill the bacteria.

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New method makes analyzing cryo-electron tomography images faster

Researchers use cryo-electron tomography to visualize macromolecules frozen in action and details of structures inside of cells. However, as a manual process, this was very time-consuming. A new method developed by Baylor researchers requires less human participation.

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I decided to take a pay cut and leave industry to be a CPSB graduate student because I knew the training I would get here at BCM would be invaluable in advancing my career.

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